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Vehicles transporting dangerous materials should have an inventory of the materials being transported readily available.

What does "readily available" refer to in this sentence? Does it refer to "readily available inventory"?

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    Yes. An inventory of the materials being transported should be readily available (on/with the vehicles).. – FumbleFingers Mar 23 at 15:51
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It is the same sense of readily as readily available inventory, but it isn't quite the same. Readily available inventory is the mass noun sense of inventory, meaning those items that are available to sell, dispense, etc. without any particular delay (e.g. the inventory that is in a local store, rather than needing ordering from a regional warehouse). In this case, inventory is in its singular sense, a list of items that are kept somewhere or carried in something.

This is saying that a vehicle transporting dangerous materials should have a list of what it is transporting, and be able to produce it on demand, quickly, should anyone ask for it.

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